Nvidia today revealed its latest generation graphics cards, named RTX 30 series. With three new cards on the way, two of them relatively inexpensive, Nvidia promises they’ll be the next step-up for PC gaming — and from what we’ve seen, it certainly looks like it can back up that claim.
Based on the new Ampere architecture, the GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 introduce Nvidia's second-gen RTX ray tracing cores, GDDR6X memory, and even faster AI processing. The new GPU family is said to offer nearly twice the performance and power efficiency of the GeForce RTX 20 series. In India, the GeForce RTX 3070 will be priced at Rs. 51,000 ($499 in the USA); the GeForce RTX 3080 will cost Rs. 71,000 ($699 in the USA), and the new flagship GeForce RTX 3090 will sell for a whopping Rs. 1,52,000 ($1,499 in the USA).
The RTX 3090 is the new flagship graphics card in this lineup, which will be taking over the mantle from the Titan RTX. The RTX 3090 boasts 50% improved performance over the Titan RTX and even claims to do 8K at 60fps "across many top games".
The RTX 3090 has 24GB of GDDR6X memory, same capacity as the Titan RTX but faster. It also has a new triple slot design with dual axial fans that claims to be 10x quieter and runs 30 degrees cooler than the Titan RTX.It will be available starting September 24.
Next is the RTX 3080 a.k.a the practical flagship for most people. With this card, Nvidia is promising up to 2x performance improvement over the RTX 2080 (the regular one, not the Super). It features 10GB of the new and improved GDDR6X memory running at 19Gbps and Nvidia claims this card can do 4K 60fps consistently.
The RTX 3080 is priced $699, which is the same as the RTX 2080 Super launch price. The RTX 3080 will be available starting September 17.
Finally, there is the RTX 3070. This one is the most interesting; Nvidia claims that the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, which if true is a pretty bold claim. The RTX 3070 is also on average 60% faster than the original RTX 2070. It comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory and Nvidia says this card is suitable for 4K and 1440p gaming, which from what we know of the 2080 Ti, is a reasonable claim to make.
The RTX 3070 is priced at $499, same as the launch price for the RTX 2070 Super, and will be available in October.
Nvidia recently disclosed details of a new 12-pin PCIe power connector that will be used for the new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. An adapter will be included with each card. These GPUs are also the first to support hardware AV1 decode which should help conserve bandwidth for streamers, and HDMI 2.1 which supports 8K displays. A new RTX IO framework takes advantage of PCIe 4.0 and fast SSDs to load games and assets directly from storage, making the process much quicker. The GPUs are fabricated on a custom 8nm process.
In terms of software features, Nvidia is introducing Reflex, which will allow game developers to integrate a “Reflex Mode” into games which will optimise and measure PC latency to help gamers target and track opponents. Games that are set to support this include Apex Legends, CoD: Warzone, Fortnite, and Valorant. Hardware OEMs including Asus, Acer, Alienware and MSI will also soon launch 360Hz G-Sync eSports monitors with built-in latency analysers. Nvidia Broadcast is aimed at streamers, and includes AI-powered noise reduction, background blurring or removal, and auto framing.
Nvidia Omniverse Machinima will allow creators to use supported games and game assets to create animation sequences including physics and particle simulations. AI can also be used to create motion capture characters with a webcam, and animate mouth shapes based on actual audio. Early access is opening soon.
Gamers who buy a GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080, or GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card or pre-built PC with one of these will get a free digital copy of Watch Dogs: Legion and a one-year GeForce Now cloud gaming service subscription.
Nvidia also announced that Fortnite will now support RTX ray tracing and AI-powered DLSS upsampling, as well as the new Reflex latency reduction optimisations. The new RTX Treasure Run creative mode map has been designed to highlight ray-traced reflections.